2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Children's 8-12

Here are our recommendations for readers ages eight to twelve.

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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681193434
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 30th, 2017

When the dragon Aventurine is tricked into human form she's furious! But there are a few good things about being a human, including chocolate.


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The Witch Boy Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

This dazzling coming of age graphic novel explores the bravery needed to express your identity and the strength needed to convince others of its' validity.


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454923459
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 5th, 2017

The novel for every kid who loved Wonder (and their teacher)!


The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620104415
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Published: Oni Press - October 31st, 2017

The Tea Dragon Society In this soft and charming middle grade graphic novel, two girls discover the rewards of time, dedication, and friendship.


The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City Cover Image
By Jodi Kendall, Pascal Campion (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062484536
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Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

This present-day reimagining of Charlotte's Web set over the holiday season is a total charmer.


Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire Cover Image
By Susan Tan, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626725515
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 28th, 2017

Cilla's life is going to be over when her baby sibling is born, so she has to write her famous author memoir NOW!


All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Imogene’s parents work at a Renaissance faire, and to prove her worth as a knight she decides to take on a new and frightening challenge- middle school.


Forever, or a Long, Long Time Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062385680
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Published: HarperCollins - March 7th, 2017

Even after being adopted, siblings Flora and Julian struggle to believe they've found their forever home until their new mother takes them on a quest to find their past.


The Countdown Conspiracy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062462558
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Published: HarperCollins - August 1st, 2017

Six kids are picked to go to Mars, but they'll have to work together to figure out who's sabotaging the mission! Nonstop action and excellent science!


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Breadcrumbs Cover Image
By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062015068
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Walden Pond Press - January 2nd, 2013

Armed with the power of story and the strength of friendship, Hazel must embark on a quest to save her best friend Jack in this imaginative retelling of "The Snow Queen." A perfect wintry read.


When the Sea Turned to Silver Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316125949
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Pinmei must find the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night in order to save her grandmother, who's been taken by soldiers of the empire.


Rooting for Rafael Rosales Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807567425
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - April 25th, 2017

A dual storyline moves between Rafael's, growing up playing baseball in the Dominican Republic, and Maya, following Rafael's minor league career while worrying about the environment.


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I Love You, Michael Collins Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374303853
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - June 20th, 2017

Mamie spends the summer of 1969 writing to astronaut Michael Collins.


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Two Naomis Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414250
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 13th, 2016

Two girls who share nothing but a name don't want to become friends just because their parents are dating.


A history of Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a sacred site to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.


Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596439542
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 17th, 2017

The story of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School football team.


Now or Never!: Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781629793405
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Published: Calkins Creek - October 10th, 2017

The stories of two men in the all-black Massachusetts 54th regiment who were war correspondents as well as soldiers.


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Hello, Universe Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414151
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 14th, 2017

Four children's lives intersect when a bullying prank leads to a heroic rescue operation. This book is like getting a big hug and knowing everything will be okay.


Alan Cole Is Not a Coward Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062567024
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 5th, 2017

Alan must enter into a high-stakes game against his mean brother to keep his secret crush a secret. Hilarious and life-affirming.